How Do You Use RSS Feed Aggregators?

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Hey, guys. I've never really used RSS feed aggregators for backlinks/traffic before, except with SENuke which does it for me so I don't really understand the process.

How do you make use of those aggregators like feedraider.com etc.? Do you just submit your feed once and then it will always update automatically? Or do you resubmit it every time you add content? Let's say my blog is about dogs, but I add a new page about dog leashes...if I resubmit after updating the content do I use the new keyword "dog leashes" or do I use the main keyword of the whole feed (ie. dogs)?

Trying to get my head around this. Thanks for any help.
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    You submit your feed once and it updates automatically.

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  • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
    What are other websites that provide RSS aggregating, besides feedraider?
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    My fav is feedage.com. Google loves that site!

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  • Profile picture of the author Shana_Adam
    RSS feed submission is a time consuming task!!

    Unfortunately you have to do it manually. I wish there was a free service like onlywire to do it all for you. I have tried software unfortunately it rarely goes through.

    The good thing is you only have to add in once - unlike social bookmarking every new piece of content you want to bookmark.

    So do it once and forget it - move on to next website. Its best to add the sites to a folder in Firefox and then one click to open all the websites.
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    • Profile picture of the author halfpoint
      Originally Posted by Shana_Adam View Post

      RSS feed submission is a time consuming task!!

      Unfortunately you have to do it manually. I wish there was a free service like onlywire to do it all for you. I have tried software unfortunately it rarely goes through.

      The good thing is you only have to add in once - unlike social bookmarking every new piece of content you want to bookmark.

      So do it once and forget it - move on to next website. Its best to add the sites to a folder in Firefox and then one click to open all the websites.
      Get Big Mike's RSS Bot.

      I submit all of my RSS feeds through that software and it successfully submits to 30 aggregators in about 2-3 minutes.
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      • Profile picture of the author Karen Keyes
        Originally Posted by Pat Jackson View Post

        Get Big Mike's RSS Bot.

        I submit all of my RSS feeds through that software and it successfully submits to 30 aggregators in about 2-3 minutes.
        I've used RSS Bot also it is a great product, but for a long time now I use Brute Force SEO. Simply because it does a lot more plus has built in RSS feed submission. Honestly I don't remember the last time that I manually submitted an RSS feed. Brute Force was created by Peter Drew, who also owns BadRSS.com. BadRSS.com is another feed aggregator/directory - which I am bringing up here because it shows up in the serps *a lot*.

        If you were going to submit feeds manually send to: FeedAgg.com, FeedAge.com, BadRSS.com, MountainRSS.com at minimum.

        Karen
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  • Profile picture of the author vagabondette
    I read about this method on a blog somewhere and it saves tons of time.

    Instead of submitting feeds for each individual site to each individual feed reader, create a yahoo pipe for your rss feeds and submit THAT feed address. Then, when you create a site with a new feed, you only have to update the yahoo pipe and it will automatically be submitting that feed to all of the readers that you submitted to.

    The initial submission work will still take quite a while but at least you only have to do it once rather than once for each site.

    Hope that helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
      Originally Posted by vagabondette View Post

      I read about this method on a blog somewhere and it saves tons of time.

      Instead of submitting feeds for each individual site to each individual feed reader, create a yahoo pipe for your rss feeds and submit THAT feed address. Then, when you create a site with a new feed, you only have to update the yahoo pipe and it will automatically be submitting that feed to all of the readers that you submitted to.

      The initial submission work will still take quite a while but at least you only have to do it once rather than once for each site.

      Hope that helps.
      is yahoo pipes like an automated rss feed aggregator?

      actually i still don't exactly know how rss feed aggregators work lol.
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      • Profile picture of the author Karen Keyes
        Originally Posted by kendrickyi View Post

        is yahoo pipes like an automated rss feed aggregator?

        actually i still don't exactly know how rss feed aggregators work lol.
        I couldn't resist, I had to reply. Yahoo! Pipes is one of my favorite topics. Pipes is a service that Yahoo! built that lets you combine, manipulate and do crazy things with RSS feeds. But not just RSS feeds, you can "scrape" pages, pull in data from pretty much any website etc. What Pipes can do is far too much to try and answer in a forum thread. Go check it out and read some of the documentation, and choose "Browse" and study some existing Pipes, you might be surprised!

        RSS feed aggregators is maybe better understood as "Feed Directories". Rss feeds are created in a language called XML (eXtensible Markup Language) but you don't really need to know anything about XML don't worry. So first think of an RSS feed as a file - it is a file itself, sometimes it is even called feed.xml. So these files, they are built according to a standard - you know, first comes the title of your site, then etc etc - the standard means that another website (ie, a feed aggregator/directory) knows how to READ the xml file (the FEED). They know how to read it because it is created in a universal standard.

        Your RSS feed file is automatically updated each time you update content on your website. Even though that is a simple way to understand it, do note that not all RSS feeds act in this manner. I just state that because you CAN create an RSS feed for your static html site and it will not automatically update.

        So when you submit your RSS feed file to the feed directories, you only have to do it once because the feed directories will KNOW to keep looking at your feed FILE each time it gets updated with new content.

        The way I've explained it here is a bit... "laymen's terms" but I felt that maybe it was a good way to understand the gist of it.

        Other than that - feel free to grab your free RSS guide at my freersstips.com to learn more

        Karen
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        • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
          Originally Posted by Karen Newton View Post

          I couldn't resist, I had to reply. Yahoo! Pipes is one of my favorite topics. Pipes is a service that Yahoo! built that lets you combine, manipulate and do crazy things with RSS feeds. But not just RSS feeds, you can "scrape" pages, pull in data from pretty much any website etc. What Pipes can do is far too much to try and answer in a forum thread. Go check it out and read some of the documentation, and choose "Browse" and study some existing Pipes, you might be surprised!

          RSS feed aggregators is maybe better understood as "Feed Directories". Rss feeds are created in a language called XML (eXtensible Markup Language) but you don't really need to know anything about XML don't worry. So first think of an RSS feed as a file - it is a file itself, sometimes it is even called feed.xml. So these files, they are built according to a standard - you know, first comes the title of your site, then etc etc - the standard means that another website (ie, a feed aggregator/directory) knows how to READ the xml file (the FEED). They know how to read it because it is created in a universal standard.

          Your RSS feed file is automatically updated each time you update content on your website. Even though that is a simple way to understand it, do note that not all RSS feeds act in this manner. I just state that because you CAN create an RSS feed for your static html site and it will not automatically update.

          So when you submit your RSS feed file to the feed directories, you only have to do it once because the feed directories will KNOW to keep looking at your feed FILE each time it gets updated with new content.

          The way I've explained it here is a bit... "laymen's terms" but I felt that maybe it was a good way to understand the gist of it.

          Other than that - feel free to grab your free RSS guide at my freersstips.com to learn more

          Karen
          ok i think i got it. thanks!

          in that case is friendfeed also an RSS feed directory?
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          • Profile picture of the author Karen Keyes
            Originally Posted by kendrickyi View Post

            ok i think i got it. thanks!

            in that case is friendfeed also an RSS feed directory?
            Well, I'm not sure I would technically call FriendFeed an RSS directory - it is not the same as sites like FeedAgg, who's sole purpose is to aggregate (collect) feeds and make them available to the public.

            FriendFeed is better understood as a lifestreaming site, place where you can accumulate all kinds of things you do on the web in one place. But it does serve the same purpose as a feed aggregator as well, because you set up your blogs' RSS feeds in your FriendFeed account and you only have to do that once.

            Other lifestream places are like Profilactic.. can't think of the other ones off the top of my head. These are great sites to mix into your marketing tactics as well!

            Karen
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            • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
              Originally Posted by Karen Newton View Post

              Well, I'm not sure I would technically call FriendFeed an RSS directory - it is not the same as sites like FeedAgg, who's sole purpose is to aggregate (collect) feeds and make them available to the public.

              FriendFeed is better understood as a lifestreaming site, place where you can accumulate all kinds of things you do on the web in one place. But it does serve the same purpose as a feed aggregator as well, because you set up your blogs' RSS feeds in your FriendFeed account and you only have to do that once.

              Other lifestream places are like Profilactic.. can't think of the other ones off the top of my head. These are great sites to mix into your marketing tactics as well!

              Karen
              oh. thanks Karen! i understand RSS better now. =D
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Very nice Karen,

    I have been having trouble understanding RSS feeds also mainly because of "tips" I have read.

    For example in one tip the author says to submit your ezine article (note I said article not articles) to RSS feeds. How would you submit ONE article?

    Another said to add your ezine article feed to Friendfeed then you can distribute the RSS feed from Friendfeed to RSS Aggregators?
    Is this confusing or what? Why not distribute it directly?

    Then if you have a static site with an RSS feed, it is not going to update RSS aggregators unless you add something right? So is there a point to add an RSS feed to a static site?

    Also could there be any potential problem with Google submitting to a lot of RSS feed sites?

    Thanks Karen!
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    • Profile picture of the author jorgesil
      Hi

      After read this thread I made a search for a RSS feed submission software
      and find this tool:

      RSS Submit Software Free!

      This is a desktop application and the best part is free.

      Anyone have tried it,any experince with this tool?

      Jorge
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  • Profile picture of the author Shift
    Thanks for the info in this thread.

    I'm pretty new to RSS feeds so I have some questions.

    To create a feed for a single domain, or for multiple domains, is it fine to use the free online app of feedage.com which can do both of these (i.e single or multiple domains).

    Or is it better to use some other app or desktop program?
    (Maybe because in the feedage app it gives a backlink to feedage?)

    And then once one has created a feed(s), one uses a feed aggregator to submit all of one's feed(s) to the feed directory?
    (It is the feed directories that are indexed by the search engines thus the source of the backlinks).

    Is this how it works?
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  • Profile picture of the author Shift
    And I notice that feeds created with feedage.com only give the homepage of the specified domain, so how can one create a feed for the entire website with all of its' urls?
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  • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
    the GUI of yahoo pipes really bewilders me.
    I don't get it.
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